COMMERCE CITY, CO - APRIL 30: Andre Akpan #19 of the Colorado Rapids battles past Daniel Paladini #11 of the Chicago Fire for control of the ball at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on April 30, 2011 in Commerce City, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
MLS brought back their reserve league last season and it was a good thing for the development of players; guys like Davy Armstrong, Steven Emory and Eddie Ababio got most of their minutes last year only through the reserve games. The 2012 schedule was released by MLS on Monday, and the Colorado Rapids have ten games in the reserve league, playing in the 'Central' division. They play each division opponent twice, once at home and once on the road.
Here's the dates for all of the reserve league games the Rapids will play this season:
March 13 - Colorado Rapids vs. Houston Dynamo
March 20 - FC Dallas vs. Colorado Rapids
April 2 - Chicago Fire vs. Colorado Rapids
April 8 - Colorado Rapids vs. Real Salt Lake
April 24 - Colorado Rapids vs. Sporting Kansas City
May 23 - Houston Dynamo vs. Colorado Rapids
June 9 - Sporting KC vs. Colorado Rapids
August 5 - Real Salt Lake vs. Colorado Rapids
August 15 - Colorado Rapids vs. Chicago Fire
August 29 - Colorado Rapids vs. FC Dallas
The home games for Colorado will be at Field 20 of the Dick's Sporting Goods Park complex.